Truckee tennis | Boys, girls win regional quarterfinal at Tahoe Donner
The Truckee boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both defeated visiting Carson in the quarterfinal round of the 4A Northern Region Tennis Championships on Thursday at Tahoe Donner.
The boys went on to lose a hard-fought semifinal round, 11-7, at Galena the following day, while the girls lost 13-5 in their semifinal at South Tahoe.
and#8220;Overall I was very pleased with the way the girls played,and#8221; said sixth-year Truckee girls’ coach Jessica Putz, whose Wolverines compete in the 4A’s High Desert division. and#8220;Honestly, as a coach, this is one of the best years I have had. The team’s behavior, attitude and sportsmanship has been wonderful. They truly played as a team and are having a lot of fun.and#8221;
Putz said to her knowledge, Thursday’s home match marked the first time a Truckee girls’ or boys’ tennis team had ever hosted a regional quarterfinal. The semifinal appearance also was a first for both Truckee teams, she said.
But while the Truckee teams were eliminated from the regional playoffs, not all the Wolverines are done for the year. Both the boys and girls are allowed three singles players and three doubles partners to compete individually in the Northern Region Tennis Championships this week in Carson City and Reno. To view the playoff brackets, go to http://www.niaa.com and click on and#8220;Falland#8221; sports.
The Truckee boys took down Carson by a score of 13-5 in Thursday’s quarterfinal, sweeping the first round, 6-0, winning the second round, 4-2, and splitting the third, 3-3.
and#8220;Their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players play the game very intelligently, and they have some good, strong doubles teams too,and#8221; said Carson coach Kevin Fallon. and#8220;and#8230; They’re effective down the line.and#8221;
In the first round, the head-to-head seeds went entirely in Truckee’s favor. Each of the starting singles players, Zach Salinger, Isaiah Cutler and Jake Kamenetsky, won their sets. The dominance was even more evident in doubles, as Aaron Pado and Grayson Forsberg won 6-3, Brandon Deeter and Jackson Rohlf won 6-1 and Zach Conradson and Nathan Black aced the competition, 6-0.
Round two also went to Truckee with the top two seeds in singles and doubles winning their matches, pushing the Wolverines over the 10 sets needed to clinch the first round. Truckee’s doubles teams each earned win in the third round.
In the regional semifinal against Galena, the No. 2 seed from the Sierra League, the first round sent two of the three singles matches into tiebreakers. Salinger and Kamenetsky were the only two to come out to the first round with wins, putting Truckee in a hole, 2-4.
The second round proved to be just as tight, with Salinger maintaining his winning ways and top doubles seed Pado and Forsberg winning their second round. Down 4-8 after two rounds, Galena only needed two more wins to advance, which they did with both of their No. 1 seeds in singles and doubles sweeping play.
and#8220;We fought gallantly on Friday with a very tough Galena team and came up a little short,and#8221; said Truckee coach Rick Deeter, whose team finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, the same as Galena. and#8220;With only one senior and one junior on the team, Truckee will prove to be a threat in team tennis for years to come.and#8221;
Salinger won all five of his postseason singles matches to lead the Wolverines.
and#8220;We wish him great success in the individual round of regionalsand#8221; said Truckee coach Ken Cutler.
Truckee’s girls defeated Carson by a score of 10-8, tying the first round, 3-3, winning the second round, 4-2, and tying the third, 3-3, to escape with the narrow victory.
No. 1 singles player Cami Straw went 2-1 on the day, while Jahr was also 2-1 in singles play and the Truckee doubles team of Courtney Pomeroy and Natalie Cutler swept all three of their matches.
Despite the loss at undefeated South Tahoe on Friday, Putz was happy with her team’s showing, especially after losing 16-2 against the Vikings the previous week.
and#8220;The girls played great,and#8221; the coach said, adding that the Wolverines looked stronger in the loss to the Vikings than in the win against Carson. and#8220;South Tahoe just ended up being the better team.and#8221;
and#8212; Information for this article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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